“I never really intended to model. I didn’t think it was for me,” says Wisdom Onwubiko, who overnight went from being a regular high school kid who liked skateboarding and Fortnite to walking in shows for the likes of Marni and Missoni and shooting Louis Vuitton campaigns. (When Virgil Abloh calls, you answer.) Now Onwubiko is one of the most exciting (and swaggiest) kids crashing the runway. He says his status as a real-deal model – a journey that began when he was street-cast on his way back from the Camden flea market – finally sank in when he saw his face on a Levi’s billboard in Times Square. “I don’t get emotional, but when I saw the billboard, I nearly cried,” he says.
Nothing screams ‘spring’ like a shamelessly bright hit of yellow. And nothing screams ‘chic utilitarian’ like Craig Green.
Jacket, $1370, trousers, $1025, Craig Green. Socks, $20, Tabio. Ring, $3800, David Yurman
Reach for these softer, dustier tones of pink to breathe a whole new easy vibe into classic tailored layers.
Coat, $2300, trousers, price upon request, Salvatore Ferragamo. Shirt, $745, Turnbull & Asser. Ring, $350, Alighieri
The Modern Pinstripe
Dries Van Noten is something of an elder statesman among his peers, but the Belgian designer has never been more at the top of his game. Even his simple pinstripe suits exude energy.
Blazer, $1185, tank top, $125, trousers, $565, Dries Van Noten. Shoes, $1095, Santoni. Bracelet, $795, David Yurman. Ring, $350, Alighieri
The New Nautical
If we’re being honest, the standard Breton-striped maritime-themed sweaters are played out. Now, thanks to Lanvin designer Bruno Sialelli, it’s all about naval-flag knits.
Coat, $3290, sweater, $1590, Lanvin. Trousers, $695, Valentino. Socks, $60, Falke. Shoes, $1195, Christian Louboutin
Today fashion models are made out of TikTok stars. Sonny Hall is decidedly more analog: On the day of this shoot, he arrived with a dog-eared copy of Henry Miller’s Hamlet Letters in hand, a rumpled Savile Row suit on his back, looking like a Dickensian urchin gone intellectual. Which he kind of is: Last year he published his debut poetry collection, The Blues Comes With Good News. “Modeling has done a lot for me,” says the kid signed to Kate Moss’s agency. “But the more I do it, the more I think there’s way more to me than posing.” Pick up a copy of Blues to see for yourself just how true that is.
Pleats and Plaids
A special kind of magic happens when you take a colour combo that you know is killer – say red and blue – and take it to its natural extreme (like a clashy-cool plaid suit from Marni).
Blazer, $1790, trousers, $1190, Marni. Shirt, $600, Versace. Rings, his own
Marled Sweater Vest
In the post-Martin era, the Maison Margiela sweater-vest has become a downright collectible, bona fide grail. Wear yours the right way, like Sonny here: tats out.
Vest, $805, jeans, $630, Maison Margiela. Watch, $2990, Montblanc. Bracelet, $3950, David Yurman. Rings, his own
Once you’ve mastered wide jeans and flared trousers, the next step is to go full Mick Jagger-in-Marrakech with some billowy silk harem pants.
Shirt, $1990, trousers, $2390, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Shoes, $795, Giuseppe Zanotti. Necklace (thin chain), his own. Necklace (thick chain), $6800, David Yurman
Hello, Kimono Robe
Cowboys, hippies, and kimono-robe wearers – everyone is welcome to join Needles’ incredibly wavy, culturally expansive fashion revolution.
Robe, $1055, trousers, $295, Needles. Shoes, $1100, Celine by Hedi Slimane. Sunglasses, $455, Ahlem
The Short Suit
If you’re going to opt for shorts rather than trousers with that new suit, trust Fendi and make sure those shorts have a capital-F fashion below-the-knee anti-fit.
Blazer, $2190, shirt, $990, shorts, $630, Fendi. Loafers, $1150, Santoni. Socks, $20, Tabio
Words: Samuel Hine
Photography: Casper Kofi
Styling: Mobolaji Dawodu
Hair: Thomas Dunkin At Bridge Using Shu Uemura
Makeup: Marirko Arai At The Wall Group Using Nars
Manicure: Chiharu Natsume Using Deborah Lippman
Tailoring: Ksenia Golub